Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch

November 10, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Far from the usual, this warm punch is made with pear nectar, red wine, and honey that's steeped with star anise and dried hibiscus blossoms. Star anise, gives it a licorice-like flavor. —Kukla

What You'll Need
  • • 1cup dried hibiscus blossoms
  • • 4 cups pear nectar
  • • 2 cups red wine
  • • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • • 1 cup star anise
  • • 1/3 cup honey
  • • star anise, fresh pear wedges, if desired
  1. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 1/2 cup dried hibiscus blossoms (Jamaica) and let steep 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm 4 cups pear nectar, 2 cups red wine, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 star anise over low heat.
  2. Strain hibiscus infusion into a large pitcher, add pear nectar mixture, and stir in 1/3 cup honey. Serve warm in mugs. Garnish each serving with a whole star anise and fresh pear wedges if you like.
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Kukla November 12, 2011
Those two punch recipes (“Thanksgiving Star Cider Punch” and “Apricot-Apple Cider Punch”) are very old-fashioned, I found them in a Russian Food Encyclopedia, which my Mom got as a gift in 1955 and it has 960 pages of every type of food, preparation tips, serving suggestions and much-much more. But since it is written in Russian, I have to translate and make each recipe a couple times to figure out measurements correctly.